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FaegreBD Ranked A 'Standout' In Securities, Product Liability And Commercial Litigation In BTI Litigation Outlook 2015 »

October 02, 2014 at 8:57AM PDT | Source: Faegre Baker & Daniels

Faegre Baker Daniels - September 30, 2014 - Faegre Baker Daniels has been ranked as a "standout firm" in the areas of securities, product liability and commercial litigation in an independent study by the national strategic research organization BTI Consulting Group. Only 14 firms nationwide received the "standout" ranking.
The rankings were published in BTI Litigation Outlook 2015: Changes, Trends and Opportunities for Law Firms. FaegreBD was also ranked in the areas of IP litigation, complex commercial litigation, routine litigation, and complex and routine employment.
BTI's analysis draws on direct client feedback from more than 300 independent, in-depth interviews with corporate counsel at the world's largest companies...

Visiting Angels Aggressively Expands International Footprint »

October 02, 2014 at 8:49AM PDT | Source: Visiting Angels

Company Announces New Master Franchise Launch in Mexico as Private Duty Home Care Market Grows Worldwide
October 02, 2014 // Franchising.com // Bryn Mawr, Pa. - Visiting Angels, one of our nation's largest in-home senior care companies, continues to aggressively expand its international footprint by launching its first master franchise in Mexico City. VHCI, the international arm of Visiting Angels, fills an urgent need for private in-home care in Mexico as the aging population there explodes. Visiting Angels, with some 470 locations in the United States, began expanding internationally in 1998 and currently has franchise operations in Canada, Brazil, South Korea and now Mexico.
World Wide Silver Surge Triggers Private Home Care Growth
"We're thrilled to start expansion in Mexico as the aging population grows and we can fill a real need for in-home care to help seniors age in place," says David Ritterling, CEO of VHCI...

Jersey Mike's Subs Opens Third Plano Location »

October 02, 2014 at 8:44AM PDT | Source: Jersey Mike's Subs

Owners Celebrate With Free Sub Fundraiser
September 30, 2014 - Plano, TX - Jersey Mike's Subs, known for its fresh sliced/fresh grilled subs, opened in Plano on September 24. Franchise owners Drew and Staci Sutton held a grand opening and free sub fundraiser from Wednesday, September 24 to Sunday, September 28 to support Plano Sports Authority.
The new restaurant, located at 7120 Coit Road, circulated 5,000 coupons throughout the community offering a free regular sub for a minimum $1 contribution to Plano Sports Authority.
"I came across Jersey Mike's while living in Nashville," said Drew Sutton. "There was a shop close to my church and every Sunday on my way home, I would grab a sub to eat while watching football. Needless to say, I was always impressed by the quality of the product and service I received...

Sky Zone To Hire 75 Energetic People In Highland Heights »

October 02, 2014 at 8:37AM PDT | Source: Sky Zone
Sky Zone Opportunities Available

Sky Zone Highland Heights Set To Open First All-Trampoline Park In The City
October 02, 2014 // Franchising.com // Highland Heights, Ohio - Sky Zone Indoor Trampoline Park, creator of the world's first all-walled trampoline playing court, is now hiring over 75 employees for its new park in Highland Heights. Set to open early next month, Sky Zone Highland Heights will become the city's first trampoline park with nearly 18,000 square feet of trampoline surface in a 24,178 square foot facility.
Sky Zone will defy gravity with its newest park, offering Highland Heights residents and visitors the ultimate active play experience. The all-trampoline walled courts are designed for optimal air time with popular activities such as Open Jump, offering a court of connecting trampolines where the sky is the limit, Ultimate Dodgeball, for a fresh new take on that favorite childhood pastime, Sky Slam which gives everyone the opportunity to slam dunk a basketball and SkyFit, an innovative fitness class that burns up to 1,000 calories in one hour...

Kids 'R' Kids Learning Academies® Poised For International Expansion With Opening Of Corporate Office In Beijing »

October 02, 2014 at 8:33AM PDT | Source: Kids 'R' Kids

U.S.-Based Early Education Franchise Set to Open a Dozen Schools in China in 2015; Additional Expansions Planned for South America, United Arab Emirates, Australia and India
DULUTH, Ga. - Oct. 2, 2014 /PRNewswire/ - Representative of an esteemed 30-year history in early education with 157 preschool facilities in 14 states all across the nation, Kids 'R' Kids Learning Academies® first set its sights on global expansion five years ago. With the recent opening of the Kids 'R' Kids China corporate office in Beijing, the U.S.-based preschool franchise is poised to open its first international location in Shanghai at the beginning of 2015 with nearly a dozen more schools to follow throughout the course of the year.
"The reception to our concept in China has been incredible," said David Vinson, Director of Operations for Kids 'R' Kids International, Inc...

Crunch Franchise Announces Two New Locations In California »

October 02, 2014 at 8:22AM PDT | Source: Crunch

NEW YORK - Oct. 2, 2014 /PRNewswire/ - Crunch Franchise announces the opening of its newest franchise locations in Northridge, CA and Temecula Valley in Winchester, CA. The renowned gym chain best known for making serious fitness fun through innovative group fitness programming and cutting-edge training offerings continues to spread its 'No Judgments' philosophy through southern California.
David Harman, franchisee who operates multiple Crunch Franchise locations on the west coast is a veteran to the fitness industry with over 25 years of experience and has officially opened Crunch's newest locations, along with Ginny May Neely, co-owner of Crunch Temecula Valley and Ray Chung, co-owner of Crunch Northridge.
Already open for business, Crunch Temecula Valley is located at 36580 Penfield Lane near the intersection of Winchester Road and Benton at Benton Crossing...

Computer Troubleshooters Welcome Three New Technology Franchisees To The United Kingdom Team »

October 02, 2014 at 8:11AM PDT | Source: Computer Troubleshooters

October 02, 2014 // Franchising.com // Computer Troubleshooters is delighted to welcome Mudassar Choudhary, Bob Singh and Andrew Wozniak to our network in the United Kingdom. Choudhary, Singh and Wozniak join Computer Troubleshooters' team of international franchise owners who provide onsite computer services and IT solutions to small and medium-sized businesses and residential users. The three franchisees recently completed their new owner training in London and are eagerly preparing to open their new businesses.
Mudassar Choudhary will be providing technical services in London's Redbridge area that includes the financial heart of Docklands. He has more than 12 years of IT support and customer service experience. He has worked for Thomson Reuters, Emirates Airlines, Keoghs Solicitors and England's National Health Service during his career...

Edible Arrangements® Partners With Servsafe, Industry Leader In Food Safety Education And Certification »

October 02, 2014 at 7:17AM PDT | Source: Edible Arrangements

October 02, 2014 // Franchising.com // Wallingford, CT - Edible Arrangements® announced today that it has partnered with the industry-standard leader in safe food-handling education: the National Restaurant Association’s ServSafe training program. Beginning in October 2015, the ServSafe curriculum for Food Handler training and certification will be used for thousands of Edible Arrangements® franchisees and store employees at approximately 1,100 Edible Arrangements locations across the United States.
ServSafe is the industry leader in safe food handling with standards are based on the Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) Food Code and are revised along with every FDA revision.
"At Edible Arrangements® we take pride in the fact that we offer a healthy, superior product so it makes sense that we also employ the best in safe food handling training to our thousands of franchisees and store employees," stated Tariq Farid, Founder and CEO of the company...

PNC Appoints New Director »

October 02, 2014 at 7:07AM PDT | Source: The PNC Financial Services Group, Inc.

Declares Dividend of 48 Cents on Common Stock
PITTSBURGH - Oct. 2, 2014 /PRNewswire/ - The PNC Financial Services Group, Inc. (NYSE: PNC) today appointed Marjorie Rodgers Cheshire to its board of directors, effective immediately. Cheshire is president and chief operating officer of A&R Companies, the umbrella organization for A&R Development Corp. and A&R Management, Inc. A&R is a diversified real estate development organization focused on the Baltimore and Washington markets.
"Ms. Cheshire's appointment to the board increases the depth and variety of experience we can call on to make important decisions about the future of our company," said William S. Demchak, PNC's chairman, president and chief executive officer...

Hyatt Announces Sale Of Park Hyatt Washington »

October 02, 2014 at 7:01AM PDT | Source: Hyatt Hotels & Resorts

October 02, 2014 // Franchising.com // CHICAGO – Hyatt Hotels Corporation (NYSE: H) and Westmont Hospitality Group today announced that a Hyatt affiliate has sold the 216-room Park Hyatt Washington to a venture comprised of Westmont Hospitality Group and Thomas Tan, a member of the Bestford Hospitality Group, for approximately $100 million or $463,000 per key. The Purchaser intends to spend approximately $5.5 million in additional capital expenditures over the next three years. A Hyatt affiliate will continue to manage the hotel under a new management agreement.
"We are delighted to expand our relationship with Westmont," said Stephen Haggerty, global head, capital strategy, franchising and select service for Hyatt. "This transaction is consistent with our asset recycling strategy and allows Hyatt to retain its brand and management presence in Washington DC, an established market with high barriers to entry...

Dentons Welcomes Two New Counsel In Vancouver Office »

October 02, 2014 at 6:49AM PDT | Source: Dentons

September 30, 2014 - Vancouver - Dentons Canada LLP is pleased to announce that Mai Rempel and Don Smith have joined the Firm, both as Counsel. Based in Dentons' Vancouver office, Mai and Don bring expanded depth and expertise to the Firm in each of their respective areas of practice.
Mai Rempel has extensive expertise and experience acting as lead counsel and senior negotiator in relation to Aboriginal, property and environmental, energy law, as well as major capital project development. Her practice includes providing legal and strategic advice, leading treaty and settlement negotiations, and also includes solicitors work in relation to the drafting of a diverse range of agreements, with various parties, including with First Nations...

Wiggin And Dana Helps Goodstreets To Become One Of The First Benefit Corporations In The State Of Connecticut »

October 02, 2014 at 6:44AM PDT | Source: Wiggin & Dana

October 02, 2014 // Franchising.com // New Haven – Wiggin and Dana assisted client GoodStreets, Inc. with the preparation of the legal paperwork to become one of the first benefit corporations in the State of Connecticut on October 1, 2014, the day that the Connecticut Benefit Corporation Act took effect.
The benefit corporation is a new legal structure in Connecticut that allows companies to focus on profitability for shareholders while also pursuing socially minded objectives. As a benefit corporation, a business is provided certain legal protections, accountability, and a level of transparency that had been very expensive and time-consuming to obtain previously. The goal of this new legislation is to enable social entrepreneurs to catalyze a new wave of commercial innovation, job creation and economic development...

Jersey Mike's Subs Opens In Hixton »

October 02, 2014 at 6:35AM PDT | Source: Jersey Mike's Subs

Owners Celebrate With Free Sub Fundraiser
September 30, 2014 - Hixton, TN - Jersey Mike's Subs, known for its fresh sliced/fresh grilled subs, opened in Hixson on September 24. Franchise owners Ryan Hendrix and Andrew Brooks, along with manager Jacob Lewis, held a grand opening and free sub fundraiser from Wednesday, September 24 to Sunday, September 28 to support Hixson Elementary School.
The new restaurant, located at 5510 Highway 153, circulated 3,000 coupons throughout the community offering a free regular sub for a minimum $2 contribution to Hixson Elementary School.
"We're looking forward to opening our next Jersey Mike's location here in Hixson," said Hendrix. "We love the tight-knit vibe of this community and we feel it will be a great fit for Jersey Mike's...

Zix And Ermisch To Present At Sterling Education Services Seminar »

October 02, 2014 at 6:31AM PDT | Source: Taft

October 02, 2014 // Franchising.com // Partner Timothy L. Zix and staff attorney Christopher B. Ermisch will present at the 11th Annual Advanced Workers' Compensation seminar on Oct. 23 at the DoubleTree Hotel in Cleveland. They will cover “Considerations of Employees Working at Home” during the daylong seminar.
Zix focuses his practice on workers' compensation, intentional tort, unemployment, employment discrimination and general litigation law. He is AV Peer Review Rated by Martindale-Hubbell and is recognized by Best Lawyers in America and Ohio Super Lawyers for Workers' Compensation Law.
Ermisch focuses his practice on workers' compensation issues and has defended industrial injury claims within the Industrial Commission of Ohio and throughout Ohio's state trial and appellate courts...

Sotheby's International Realty Brand Welcomes Massachusetts Firm »

October 02, 2014 at 6:27AM PDT | Source: Sotheby's International Realty

October 02, 2014 // Franchising.com // Madison, N.J. - Sotheby's International Realty Affiliates LLC today announced that Prudential Unlimited Realty, with offices in Brookline and Jamaica Plain, Massachusetts, is the newest member of its real estate network. The company now will operate as Unlimited Sotheby's International Realty, and Jon Ufland is principal and managing broker of the firm.
With this addition, the Sotheby's International Realty® brand will have 33 independently owned and operated offices throughout the state of Massachusetts.
"We are proud to grow our presence in Massachusetts with Unlimited Sotheby's International Realty," said Philip White, president and chief executive officer, Sotheby's International Realty Affiliates LLC...

Smoothie King® Offers NEW Vegan Smoothies Powered By Sunwarrior® »

October 02, 2014 at 6:20AM PDT | Source: Smoothie King
Smoothie King Opportunities Available

Growing Franchise Provides Guests with Purifying, Plant-Based Menu Options
October 02, 2014 // Franchising.com // NEW ORLEANS – Smoothie King Franchises, Inc., the leading smoothie franchise company with 700 stores worldwide, has introduced two new Vegan Smoothies Powered by Sunwarrior. The new menu items are blended with 100 percent pure Sunwarrior raw plant-based protein and other nutritious ingredients like superfoods acai and kale and antioxidant-rich mango.
"Statistics show a growing interest in plant-based diets among all consumers, both vegan and non-vegan," said Wan Kim, owner and CEO of Smoothie King. "By introducing these new menu options, we are catering to guests who seek plant-based protein in their diets. Our goal is to provide them with quick, easy and tasty ways to get the nutrition they crave on-the-go...

Coldwell Banker Previews International Luxury Market Report Reveals Newcomers On List Of Hottest U.S. Cities For Luxury Home Sales »

October 02, 2014 at 6:01AM PDT | Source: Coldwell Banker

High Net-Worth Consumer Survey reveals Dramatic Gender Gaps
October 02, 2014 // Franchising.com // Madison, N.J. - Quiet, unassuming areas adjacent to traditional luxury markets have rapidly transformed into hotbeds of luxury real estate in the 12-month period from July 1, 2013 through June 30, 2014. Leading the way and making its debut in the top 5 U.S. luxury markets for homes valued at $1 million+ is San Jose, where high-end home sales are up a staggering 76% from this time last year, according to the Luxury Market Report prepared by the Coldwell Banker Previews International® marketing program.
With Silicon Valley luxury real estate on fire, the affluent enclave of Atherton doubled its sales in the $10 million+ range from 2013...

Medifast Adds Holiday Inspired Gingerbread Soft Bake To Product Line »

October 02, 2014 at 5:58AM PDT | Source: Medifast Weight Control Centers
Medifast Weight Control Centers Opportunities Available

Leading Weight Management Company Expands Product Offering
OWINGS MILLS, Md. - Sept. 30, 2014 /PRNewswire/ - Medifast, Inc. (NYSE: MED), a leading United States manufacturer and provider of clinically proven weight-loss products and programs, announces the launch of the new Gingerbread Soft Bake just in time for the holiday season.
The Gingerbread Soft Bake is low in calories and fat and is vitamin and nutrient fortified. This warm, soft cookie invokes sweet holiday memories with the flavors of molasses and ginger. The product is made with whey protein and is certified gluten free.
"We are constantly looking to add new products that will excite our customer base," said Michael MacDonald, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Medifast, Inc...

Apricot Lane Boutiques Across Country 'Pony Up' For Breast Cancer Awareness This October »

October 02, 2014 at 5:46AM PDT | Source: Apricot Lane

Products Sold in Store Raise Money and Awareness for Important Cause
This October, Apricot Lane Boutiques nationwide, will 'Pony Up' in honor of October's Breast Cancer Awareness Month. The national franchise is excited to announce its partnership with The Breast Cancer Society throughout its stores and encourages all customers to 'Pony Up' for the cause!
Los Angeles, CA (PRWEB) October 02, 2014 - Customers can come into Apricot Lane Boutiques and purchase a pink ribbon hair tie or headband for $5, $8 or $10. A portion of all sales will be donated to The Breast Cancer Society. Throughout the month, any customer shopping at Apricot Lane wearing their hairband in their hair or on their wrist will receive 10% off their purchase in the store each day they shop...

Toys"R"Us® Becomes The Training Zone For Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Excitement »

October 02, 2014 at 5:09AM PDT | Source: Toys R Us

Toys"R"Us Stores Nationwide Offer an All-New Assortment of Toys Based on Kid-Favorite Nickelodeon TV Series, an Interactive 'Turtles in Training' Sweepstakes and More; Toys"R"Us to Host October 9 Meet and Greet at Flagship Store in New York with Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Voice Actors Greg Cipes (Michelangelo) and Rob Paulsen (Donatello), Plus Executive Producers Ciro Nieli and Brandon Auman
October 02, 2014 // Franchising.com // WAYNE, NJ – Toys"R"Us® has announced that it will offer a wide range of toys and accessories, including exclusive action figures and playsets, vehicles, role play items and more, based on the highly anticipated third season of the Nickelodeon television series, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. Starring everyone's favorite heroes in a half shell, the new assortment from Playmates Toys® is spinning into Toys"R"Us stores nationwide this month, as well as online at Toysrus...



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